U.S. Route 19 Alternate (Florida)

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U.S. Highway 19 marker

U.S. Highway 19 Alternate
Route information
Alternate route of US 19
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 37.114 mi[1] (59.729 km)
Existed: 1951 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 92 / SR 687 in St. Petersburg
  SR 666 in Seminole
SR 686 in Largo
SR 60 in Clearwater
SR 580 in Dunedin
SR 582 in Tarpon Springs
North end: US 19 in Holiday
Location
Counties: Pinellas, Pasco
Highway system
I-595 SR 595 SR 597

U.S. Route 19 Alternate is a 37.1-mile (59.7 km) former section of U.S. Route 19 from St. Petersburg, Florida to Holiday.

Beginning at the intersection of 4th Street N (US 92 and SR 687 and 5th Avenue N in St. Petersburg, Florida, it runs west of US 19 near the Gulf coast passing through the cities of Seminole, Clearwater, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs before ending at US 19 in Holiday, Pasco County, Florida. It is also the unsigned State Road 595 throughout the entire route. It also runs along much of the Pinellas Trail.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

State Road 686 & former State Road 651 end at ALT US 19 in Largo, Florida; May 8, 2003

Alternate US 19 was established in 1951 when US 19 was realigned from St. Petersburg through Holiday. It hugs the Gulf coast, servicing Seminole, Clearwater, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs before ending at US 19 in Holiday. Originally, the southern terminus of US Alt 19 was at US 92/SR 687 in downtown St. Petersburg, but was truncated to US 19 in St. Petersburg.[when?]

As of September 2007, however, signage indicates that Alt US 19 once again follows US 19's old route all the way to US 92; this original route was numbered and signed as the hidden SR 595 designation of the main route, but the signs are slowly being phased out in favor of Alt US 19 shields. Both shields are in current use, however, for the time being, with the Alt US 19 signage on the highway itself, and the SR 595 directional signage at the intersections, including I-275 exit 23.

Realignment in Clearwater / Largo[edit]

Red ALT US 19 shield on the southwest corner of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue in Clearwater, Florida; December 20, 2003

Prior to February 2007, Alt. US 19 originally went south through downtown Clearwater on Fort Harrison Avenue, which becomes Clearwater-Largo Road upon entering Largo. It then turned east along West Bay Drive to the intersection of Seminole Boulevard, then turned south. This intersection is also the western terminus of SR 686 and, until the reconfiguration, the southern terminus of SR 651.

As of February 2007, Alt. US 19 was realigned along Missouri Ave., directly north to SR 60 (Court/Chestnut Streets) in Clearwater, west to Myrtle Avenue, then north, before joining Fort Harrison Avenue south of Sunset Point Road. The new alignment now effectively bypasses the downtowns of Largo and Clearwater. The original alignment has since been decommissioned by the FDOT and downloaded to the cities of Largo and Clearwater. SR 651 still exists in FDOT's road inventory lists, but as a "hidden" route number along the new Alt. US 19 alignment.

When this plan was first announced in 2001, it was viewed as good news for commuters and businesses championing the project as a way to turn Clearwater into a walkable community.[citation needed]

Proposed expressways[edit]

West end of State Road 582 at ALT US 19 in Tarpon Springs, Florida; July 28, 2003

The planned St. Petersburg-Clearwater Expressway, or Pinellas Beltway, proposed in 1974, would have followed the current alignment of US Alt 19 from I-275 to Clearwater. A freeway revolt cancelled the beltway by 1980. The intersection of Seminole Boulevard and Bay Pines Boulevard at State Road 666 is a remnant of this proposed road.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Pinellas St. Petersburg 0.000 0.000 US 92 east / SR 687 (4th Street North)
0.251 0.404 I‑375 west (North Bay Drive / SR 592) to I‑275
0.500 0.805 I‑375 west (North Bay Drive / SR 592) to I‑275 / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North (CR 803) – Tampa, Bradenton, Tropicana Field
1.3 2.1 I‑275 north (SR 93) / 20th Street North – Tampa I-275 exit 23B
2.510 4.039 US 19 (34th Street North / SR 55) – Bradenton, Pinellas Park
3.765 6.059 49th Street North (CR 611)
4.522 7.277 58th Street North (CR 581)
6.068 9.765 SR 693 (66th Street North)
St. Petersburg
Seminole
8.020 12.907 CR 1 (Park Street)
Seminole / Bay Pines 9.588 15.430 100th Way (CR 361 north) - VA Medical Center
Seminole 10.0 16.1 SR 666 west – Madeira Beach, Redington Beach interchange
11.752 18.913 CR 694 (Park Boulevard) to I‑275 – Pinellas Park, Gulf Beaches
12.510 20.133 86th Avenue North (CR 264 west)
13.518 21.755 To I‑275 / 102nd Avenue North (CR 296)
Largo 15.544 25.016 SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) – Tampa, Gulf Beaches
16.559 26.649 8th Avenue Southeast (CR 400)
17.066 27.465 SR 686 east (East Bay Drive) / West Bay Drive (CR 416 west) – Beaches, Tampa south end of SR 651 overlap
Clearwater 19.349 31.139 Lakeview Road (CR 488)
20.107 32.359 SR 60 east (Court Street / SR 651 north) north end of SR 651 overlap; south end of SR 60 overlap
20.637 33.212 SR 60 west (Court Street) – Beaches north end of SR 60 overlap
21.062 33.896 SR 590 east (Drew Street)
22.592 36.358 CR 576 east (Sunset Point Road)
Clearwater
Dunedin
23.090 37.160 Union Street (CR 600 east)
Dunedin 24.492 39.416 SR 580 east (Skinner Boulevard) – Oldsmar
26.939 43.354 SR 586 east (Curlew Road) / CR 586 west (Causeway Boulevard / Dunedin Causeway) – Dunedin Beach, Oldsmar, Honeymoon Island State Park
27.427 44.139 Orange Street (CR 377 north)
Palm Harbor 28.420 45.738 CR 752 (Tampa Road) – Ozona, Oldsmar
28.676 46.150 Virginia Avenue (CR 377)
29.177 46.956 CR 776 east (Nebraska Avenue)
30.167 48.549 Crystal Beach Avenue (CR 808 west)
30.339 48.826 CR 816 east (Alderman Road)
30.615 49.270 CR 824 west (Ulelah Avenue)
Palm Harbor
Tarpon Springs
32.586 52.442 Klosterman Road (CR 880) - St. Petersburg College, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Tarpon Springs 33.645 54.146 Meres Boulevard (CR 399 north)
34.237 55.099 To US 19 / Tarpon Avenue – Lutz former SR 582 east
35.189 56.631 Anclote Road (CR 992 west)
36.212 58.278 Anclote Boulevard (CR 994 west)
Pasco Holiday 37.114 59.729 US 19 (SR 55) – New Port Richey, Clearwater, St. Petersburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

State-County Roads 595[edit]

Florida 595.svg

Pasco County 595.svg Hernando County 595.svg

Two extensions of the "hidden State Road 595" exist beyond Alternate US 19. The first one is between US 19 and US 92 in Downtown St. Petersburg, though this is being phased out, as signage indicates that Alt US 19 now ends at US 92 instead of US 19. The other is a brief multiplex with US 19 in Holiday which terminates a block north of the northern terminus of Alternate US 19 in Holiday at Mile Stretch Road. County Road 595 consists of Mile Stretch Road, then takes a sharp left onto Grand Boulevard. Within Holiday and Elfers, the road runs along the right-of-way of a former railroad line before heading to Main Street in New Port Richey, where it secretly makes another left turn before terminating at US 19. County Road 595 can be found again between Hudson and Aripeka, where it crosses the Pasco-Hernando County Line along the Gulf of Mexico on its way towards Hernando Beach, only to bypass downtown Hernando Beach and terminate once again with US 19, but this time also with the western terminus of CR 574/Spring Hill Drive.

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing